We are a solutions-orientated heritage consultancy, committed to the effective management of the historic environment. We help our clients identify the heritage significance of their historic site, navigate legislative and policy frameworks, and find design solutions. Our clients, who include public authorities, private individuals, community groups, and corporations, have praised our positive approach to managing change, and our eye for quality design.
Worlledge Associates was established by Nicholas and Alison Worlledge in 2014. Nicholas came to private practice with 35 years’ experience working in heritage management for local authorities. This intimate knowledge and understanding of council processes, planning policy, and practice helps Worlledge Associates support clients in securing positive outcomes. Since 2014, Worlledge Associates has advised on a range of development projects for domestic, commercial, military, and educational use. Now supported by a small team of dedicated researchers and specialists, Worlledge Associates has widened its remit to offer content development and training. Every member of our team brings a unique set of skills to the business, but we all believe in the capacity of the historic environment to contribute to our collective economic, social, and cultural well-being.
Nicholas has over 35 years’ experience in heritage management, working for rural and urban planning authorities in the West Midlands, East Anglia and the South West. In his last local authority role, prior to moving to private practice, he headed up the heritage team at Oxford City Council. Nicholas has worked with internationally renowned and local architects contributing to the successful delivery of a wide range of projects – country house, farmhouse, college, university, new housing, and new retail developments. His intimate knowledge of local planning authority policy and extensive knowledge of the historic environment provides a valuable skill set to help property owners successfully navigate the planning system. His interest lies in sharing knowledge, understanding, and skills to empower others and adding value to discussions about how to manage change in the historic environment.
Alison qualified as a Special Needs Teacher before studying for a Fine Art degree working as an artist in a broad range of community, schools and business projects as well as gallery work. She then went on to work as a researcher for the University of Oxford before completing an MSt in the History of Design at Oxford. In 2014 she helped set up Worlledge Associates and carried out research for a variety of projects. Alison now oversees the growth and development of Worlledge Associates encouraging collaborative partnerships with a particular interest in education, spaces, places, and creativity.
Ray joined Worlledge Associates in January 2016. He has over 35 years' experience in Heritage Conservation, working in Essex, England, and then in Queensland and Victoria, Australia, where he was a Deputy Director of the State Heritage Authorities, responsible for heritage listings and development permits. His particular interests are medieval timber framing and cast iron windows.
Sam is passionate about communicating effectively through design. As the in-house graphic designer for Worlledge Associates, Sam helps present our information in a sophisticated and user-friendly way. Sam covers all aspects of creative design for WA, including desktop publishing, website design, photo editing, and typography.
Karen trained as a graphic designer and went on to run her own design business. She has a multidisciplinary approach and has won awards for her work in entrepreneurship and art direction, as well as being published. She brings her skills to develop digital marketing, desktop publishing, and website design. Karen supports business growth by exploring new and innovative opportunities with her focus on innovation, sustainability, and storytelling.
Liz studied Biochemistry to PhD level and started her career in Research & Development in the Pharmaceutical Industry. A decade ago, seeking a better balance for family life, her love of old buildings and personal experience of restoring a listed building prompted a change in direction. Liz has project managed a series of listed building restoration projects and new build projects, providing her with experience of the planning issues and hurdles faced by clients. Liz’s scientific career required teamwork, attention to detail, analytical thinking and patience, skills that have proved to be eminently transferable. Liz recently completed an MSt in Building History at the University of Cambridge during which she undertook a six-month work placement as a Heritage Officer with Enfield Council. Liz’s dissertation explored the links between the sugar plantations of St Kitts and British Country Houses.
Helen joined Worlledge Associates in 2021 as Business Manager. She has over 25 years’ experience in Finance and Operations management. Helen is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the business and making sure that they are running as well as they possibly can, with a smooth efficient service that meets the expectation and needs of our clients.